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1. So, you think you’re an expert on all things related to July 4? -

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! In honor of the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, here’s a quiz about it and other historical bits from the early days of the country.

No cheating!

2. Knox County Schools pick Rysewyk as superintendent -

Dr. Jon Rysewyk has been chosen as the next superintendent of Knox County Schools.

Rysewyk is assistant superintendent and chief academic officer of Knox County Schools, positions he has held since 2017. He previously served as director of Emerald Academy, as well as executive director of innovation and school improvement and supervisor of secondary education, both for Knox County Schools. He has eight years of experience in school administration and five years as an educator.

3. House teases, then defeats bill to preserve cash sales -

Sometimes, a piece of Tennessee legislation seems drafted specifically to address a personal beef of mine – a Joe bill, as it were. This is gratifying since most of it appears to have been drafted to tick me off.

4. Manderscheid named NSF director -

David Manderscheid, University of Tennessee professor of mathematics, has been appointed to serve as director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences.

“I am honored to have this opportunity,” Manderscheid says, “and I am excited about many of the bold initiatives NSF is taking. The mathematical sciences are of increasing importance in our world through subjects like data science and the modeling of epidemics. The opportunity to determine federal investments in mathematical sciences research and workforce development is a rare one. I am honored to serve the nation in this regard and to have the chance to have a substantial positive impact on our country.”

5. Candidates announced for UT diversity post -

The University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering has announced three candidates – D’Angelo Taylor, Dahlia Hylton and Jeremy Kirk – for the college’s assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion.

6. Thanksgiving has good claim for top US holiday -

As the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving approaches, I suggest that maybe the annual celebration should be recognized as America’s top holiday. Ahead even of Christmas, the perennial No. 1.

7. KBA announces Foundation Fellows -

The Knoxville Bar Association has recognized the 2021 Fellows of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.

The Fellows were selected from an outstanding list of nominees received from the members of the Foundation. This list was narrowed by vote of the board of directors due to the limited number of Fellows that may be chosen for each class. The reputation that each new Fellow holds in our legal community reveals that the Class of 2021 exemplifies the highest of ethical and professional standards and consists of individuals who continue to have a positive impact upon our profession.

8. Fast track to normal stuck in partisan mud -

To quote the great philosopher and sage Yogi Berra, “It’s like de´ja` vu all over again.”

Remember when we were all up in arms about masks, what type to wear and when and where? And there were all those people who refused to wear one at all, and griped and groused as if the simple act of showing courtesy to others was an intolerable infringement on their constitutional, God-given right to be jerks.

9. Martinez named CMO at PerfectServe -

Rodrigo Martínez, M.D., is joining PerfectServe as its first chief medical officer.

He will report to CEO Guillaume Castel and serves on a senior leadership team that now features three members with clinical backgrounds, including Chief Clinical Officer Kelly Conklin and Mary Piepenbrink, senior vice president/general manager of Provider Scheduling whose careers both started in nursing.

10. Attorney combines avocation, occupation -

Amy Johnson had spent her entire childhood as a competitive swimmer, running as part of her training. So during a post-college stint in Washington, D.C., she signed up for her first triathlon, bought a bicycle and assumed her longtime endurance in the other two sports would propel her through all three segments of the race.

11. UT Alumni Affairs honors 40 Under 40 -

The University of Tennessee’s Office of Alumni Affairs has announced its first-ever recipients of its Volunteer 40 Under 40 Award.

The new annual recognition program celebrates UT alumni who are 39 or younger and have excelled personally and professionally since completing their degree.

12. Beebe to chair UT Institutional Review Board -

Professor Lora Beebe of the College of Nursing has been selected to serve as chair of the Institutional Review Board at The University of Tennessee.

The board regulates all research activities involving human subjects on the UT Knoxville campus. The IRB is a committee appointed to ensure rights, safety, and welfare of human research subjects; ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws/regulations; and conduct ethical reviews of human research activities including initial, continuation, modification, unanticipated problems and alleged noncompliance.

13. Myers named KAWA Woman of the Year -

Carole R. Myers, professor at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, has received the 2020 Knoxville Association of Women Executives’ Lucy Gibson Notable Woman of the Year Award.

Locally founded in 1982, KAWE is dedicated to advancing its members professionally and personally through networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities. The Lucy Gibson Notable Woman of the Year elects a donation to be made to the charity of her choice. Myers elected The Sertoma Center with a $500 donation being made by KAWE.

14. Sunil heads UT’s Dept of Public Health -

The University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has welcomed several new staff members.

Thankam Sunil has been named head of the department of public health.

15. Bhat named PYA consulting principal -

Annapoorani Bhat has been promoted to the strategy and integration consulting principal at PYA, a health care consulting and certified public accounting firm with offices in Knoxville.

Bhat specializes in valuation and related consulting services for companies in the health sciences sector—providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and health care technology companies, among them. Her primary area of expertise is in the valuation of businesses and assets for financial reporting, regulatory compliance and internal strategic planning purposes. She provides valuation consulting services to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, and the financial reporting of acquired intangible assets.

16. Vanderbilt student sues school seeking spring reimbursement -

A Vanderbilt freshman has sued the university in a class-action lawsuit stating it violated state laws in refusing to reimburse students for room and board, tuition and other costs for its spring 2020 semester, despite closing residence halls and offering students a limited online learning experience, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman, which has offices in eight U.S. cities but not Nashville.

17. UT’s Carruthers named Economics journal editor -

The Economics of Education Review has appointed Celeste Carruthers, an associate professor of economics in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, as editor-in-chief.

She is the journal’s third editor-in-chief in its 39-year history and the first woman to serve in that role.

18. Trust Company welcomes Bosson as business analyst -

Bryson S. Bosson is a new hire at The Trust Company of Tennessee, joining the firm’s Knoxville headquarters as a business analyst.

The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $3.5 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and charities make better decisions with money through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

19. Haslam College names 3 alumni award winners -

The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business recently recognized the achievements of three alumni and one corporate partner.

The 2019 award winners are:

• Jerry Bostelman: 2019 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award. Bostelman is cofounder of the Nashville-based Vaco, a niche talent solutions and placement firm that specializes in matching job seekers with employers that have specific needs to fill. Ranked at No. 4 on Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms, Vaco has more than $450 million in revenues, more than 40 offices worldwide, 4,300 consultants and greater than 800 employees.

20. McLemore joins TPPA board again -

Colby McLemore was recently reelected to the board of directors of the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association.

McLemore is also on the National Council of PPA representing Tennessee to make sure the state’s needs are vocalized and known at the national level, where he is serving his second three-year term. He is a member at large on the board of the local professional photographers’ organization Professional Photographers of East Tennessee.

21. Keaton, Howell named ‘Lawyers of Year’ -

Reggie E. Keaton and Donald D. Howell of the Frantz, McConnell & Seymour law firm in Knoxville have been named “Lawyers of the Year’’ in the 2020 Best Lawyers edition.

Keaton was recognized for litigation – construction in the Knoxville area.

22. Health Physics Society taps ORNL’s Schwahn -

Scott O. Schwahn, a neutron science facilities health physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named fellow of the Health Physics Society.

Schwahn, who works in ORNL’s Nuclear & Radiological Protection Division, was recognized for “outstanding contributions to the profession of health physics.” Of the society’s almost 3,500 members, just more than 100 have received the designation of fellow.

23. Titans remember past champs, face old nemesis -

The Titans stunned the Cleveland Browns in the season opener and now return home on a day that will be special even before the ball is kicked off against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

That’s because the jersey numbers of Eddie George and Steve McNair will be retired Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

24. UT’s Haslam College recognizes excellence -

The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee has announced its annual awards, recognizing outstanding faculty and staff accomplishments.

The recipients are:

• Superior customer responsiveness: Tracy Falls, marketing

25. Knoxville Chamber names Odom as its new CEO -

The Knoxville Chamber Board of Directors has named Mike Odom as the organization’s new president and CEO. Odom, who serves as president and CEO of the Round Rock, Texas, Chamber, succeeds the retiring Mike Edwards.

26. UT’s Rouse receives Lifetime Excellence award -

Dr. Barry Rouse has received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.

He is an immunologist in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Services at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

27. Herrmann named Summit Strategic CIO -

Harry Herrmann is the new chief information officer for Summit Strategic Solutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in health care and will oversee information technology services and solutions for the company’s clients.

28. Hope springs eternal -

Thank goodness Tennessee spring football is here. Vol Nation needs a diversion with all that’s happened the past couple of weeks, like the men’s basketball team losing to Loyola-Chicago in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, and Loyola advancing to the Final Four.

29. Preservation fund to support six projects -

Six projects will receive funding from the Historic Preservation Fund for the 2018-19 budget as approved by the Knoxville City Council.

“Historic buildings are our city’s architectural legacy, but restoration can be a challenge to finance through traditional means,” says Becky Wade, community development director.

30. Hit the road for the holidays -

Would you rather be home for the holidays or gone? If you chose the latter, you’re not alone. Call it the new holiday and winter tradition. Fueled by demographics, the sharing of photos on social media and shifting consumer trends, more Americans are choosing to take a trip instead of gathering at home.

31. Best Lawyers recognizes 11 from HD&C -

Best Lawyers in America 2018 has recognized several attorneys from the Knoxville law firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson.

For 30 years, Best Lawyers has based its findings entirely on peer review. The lawyers from Hodges, Doughty & Carson and their areas of practice are:

32. Blamey named UT’s Title IX coordinator -

Ashley Blamey has been selected to serve as Title IX coordinator for the University of Tennessee.

Blamey will report directly to the chancellor.

She is the longtime director of UT Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness.

33. Ashe, De Friece returning to Museum Commission -

Two East Tennesseans – Victor H. Ashe II of Knoxville and Nancy Baker De Friece of Bristol – have been reappointed to the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.

34. 16 faculty members join Haslam College -

Haslam College of Business has added sixteen new faculty members for the fall.

The new hires bring almost 150 years of combined industry experience and over a century of teaching experience to the University of Tennessee.

35. Will we one day look at Lions win as turning point? -

Was Sunday’s stunning victory in Detroit the start of a turning point for the Tennessee Titans?

For a team that has just six wins since 2013, erasing a 12-point deficit on the road was certainly a sign of hope for a franchise that has experienced virtually nothing but despair for the several years now.

36. What would it take for Trump to lose Tennessee voters? -

Murfreesboro Realtor Larry Sims almost closes his ears when Donald Trump speaks. “He gets out of bounds. Of course, the press, they love it because they get to exploit his sayings and doings,” says Sims, who traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, as a Trump delegate for the Republican National Convention.

37. Soak Creek earns Scenic River designation -

The Tennessee state legislature has named Soak Creek, a tributary of the Piney River in East Tennessee, as the state’s newest Scenic River.

It is the first such designation since 2001.

38. More money means bigger bankruptcy problems -

Think the rich are different from you and me? Not when it comes to declaring bankruptcy. Over-leveraged people are pretty much the same when the creditor comes calling.

“You have to have the tissues out, for sure,” says Tim Niarhos, Nashville bankruptcy attorney.

39. Third running back emerges to push Hurd, Kamara -

Spring practices have concluded for all but one SEC football team (Arkansas), and summer strength and conditioning workouts are right around the corner.

That doesn’t mean we have to stop talking about the 2016 SEC season. Preseason magazines soon will be hitting the stands, predictions will be made, and SEC Media Days on July 11-14 will jump start the season.

40. Tennessee lawmakers lure us in with momentary sanity, and then ... -

Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.

41. A look at Tennessee’s late-blooming signing class -

Coach Butch Jones gave Tennessee football fans 21 more reasons for optimism heading into the 2016 season and beyond.

Jones could hardly have scripted a better finish to the Feb. 3 National Signing Day when UT jumped from No. 22 to No. 14 in the 247Sports Composite rankings in the 24 hours before players signed.

42. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.” Based on his legislative record as a Republican state representative and senator from Germantown, he is doing both without exactly toeing the tea party line but bolstered by a GOP supermajority in the House and Senate.

43. Jones builds for championship run with staff tweaks -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.

44. Great expectations: Vols seeking SEC, national titles in 2016 -

We are eight months from Tennessee’s 2016 season opener in football, and expectations are the highest in years.

Third-year coach Butch Jones has his brick-by-brick plan right on schedule after a 45-6 victory over No. 12-ranked Northwestern (10-3) in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

45. A look at this year’s Volunteer squad -

Here’s a glimpse at the Vols’ roster, and what’s happened through the first eight games (in order of scoring).

Kevin Punter Jr.

Junior guard, 6-2, 190, Bronx, N.Y./State Fair (Mo.) Community College. 22.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 35.1 mpg

46. Short-term problems, long-term optimism -

ennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t complaining about the shortcomings of his basketball team.

The Vols don’t have a true point guard on the roster. They don’t have a low post ready for Division I basketball, either. And the six holdovers from the previous coaching staff are getting accustomed to the newcomers brought in after Barnes was hired last March 31.

47. ‘Honda Girl’ Ashley Blair finds career outside car ads -

Ten-year-old actress Ashley Blair takes her job seriously. She’s like many other actors in the region working to improve her craft and looking for the next project. The Knoxville area has a thriving community of actors, writers, directors, and producers, all trying to showcase their best work, both locally and nationally.

48. Top 10 recruiting class might be Serrano’s salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

49. Will Tennessee Republicans ever be truly happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier? With the GOP so dominant in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

50. Messer promotes 3 to senior project manager -

Messer Construction Company has promoted three staffers – Adam Chmiel, Brian Mitchell and Kyle Scoble – to senior project managers in the Knoxville regional office.

Chmiel was hired full-time after earning a degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has contributed to several Messer projects, including Pellissippi State Community College’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art and the Scripps Networks Technology Center remodel and data center.

51. Academy of Inventors honors Oak Ridge’s Goyal -

Researcher Amit Goyal has been named as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Goyal is a member of ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division, according to the Department of Energy’s website. He joined ORNL in 1991.

52. Ramsey an important, unfamiliar pioneer -

In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.

The sign on East Governor John Sevier Highway for the Historic Ramsey House indicates a home from another era, but many people pass it without realizing the significance.

53. Why are Tennesseans so afraid of a state income tax? -

The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.

And, yet there is an amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would change Tennessee’s constitution by giving the Legislature authority to prohibit passage of an income tax or payroll tax in the state.